What are the parts of an edging clamp?

     
     
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     What are the parts of an edging clamp?
     
 Parts of an edging clamp The main parts of an edging clamp are a frame, a number of jaws, plates, a screw and a handle.  
     
   

Frame 

 
 The frame connects all the parts together The frame of an edging clamp connects all the parts together. Its shape can vary, depending on the model.  
     
 Frame of a companion edging clamp 

A companion edging clamp will have a much smaller frame than a standalone edging clamp.

 

The frame also differs because it has a small slot where another type of clamp is secured. 

 
     
   

Jaws 

 
 Most edging clamps have three jaws 

On most edging clamps, the jaws can be identified as the two metal 'arms' holding the screws and the clamping plates. The jaws are responsible for withstanding the strain that comes with clamping applications. 

 
     
   

Plates

 
 An edging clamp has three plates 

Rounded metal or plastic plates are positioned at the end of the screws, and are responsible for gripping on to the edge of the work surface during projects. 

 

Most edging clamps have three plates; two which grip on to the surface area, whilst the third holds the edging in place on its side.  

 
     
 Most edging clamps have tilting jaws to clamp tapered objects The plates can usually be tilted or adjusted in order to give the clamp versatility when holding on to tapered or curved edging.  
     
   

Screw 

 
 Edging clamps have at least one threaded screw 

An edging clamp has at least one threaded screw which controls the clamping action.   

 

Depending on the type, an edging clamp may have one, two or even three screws.

 
     
   

Handle 

 
 Some edging clamps have a sliding pin handle 

The handle is connected to the screw and is used to adjust the jaws. The shape and size of handle that an edging clamp has can vary: some may have a sliding pin handle made out of metal. An advantage of this type of handle is the extra leverage that is gained when tightening the jaws.  

 
     
 Other types of edging clamp have an ergonomically designed handle There are also plastic and wooden handles which are much thicker than a sliding pin. This type of handle can be useful, as it is often ergonomically designed to be comfortably used one-handed by the user.  
     
   

Additional parts 

 
 Some edging clamps have a lever which moves the jaws 

Lever

Models of edging clamp in which all three jaws are controlled by one handle will usually have a lever. 

 

This lever is controlled by the handle and will adjust the jaws, to either open or close them, when the handle is twisted. 

 
     
 Slot of a companion edging clamp 

Slot

The companion types will have a slot where bar or F-clamps can be inserted and secured.

 
     
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